China to crackdown on obscene online ads

April 21st, 2011 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Apr 21 (ANI): China has launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on false and obscene online advertising about sex-related products.

According to a government statement, the sale of such products has moved online in recent years, complaints from the public about obscene online advertisements or fake products have also grown.

Over 4,000 such complaints have been received since 2010, according to the China Illegal Information Internet Reporting Center.

“The online advertisements have become a new channel for spreading pornography,” the statement said.

According to the statement, some illegal drugs, such as ecstasy and crystal meth, are also advertised as sex medicines, but are extremely harmful and can lead to higher rates of crime and juvenile delinquency, the China Daily reports.

Also, sex products, especially sex-related medicines, usually use obscene pictures and pornographic information online to lure potential customers, which can have a negative influence on netizens, particularly the young.

The campaign, carried out by six government departments including the State Council’s Information Office, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Health, aims to discourage the dissemination of such obscene information.

Websites found to have such content would face closure, the statement said. (ANI)

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